A degree in History is valuable. It is a foundation you can use to pursue careers in academia, law, medicine, business, historic preservation, archives and museums, and library science. Think carefully about your career goals and then talk to faculty and advisors about them.

Earn Credit Hours, Make Contacts, and Get Involved

Public history internships are readily available for students with a 3.0 GPA at popular venues such as:

  • Vulcan Park and Museum
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Park
  • the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • the Southern Museum of Flight
  • the Birmingham History Center
  • Red Mountain Park and Museum
  • Birmingham Public Library Archives
  • Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform

Why do an internship? It's better to ask yourself why not. A recent college grad with one or two internships will be more attractive to employers than one without that work experience. Employers know that internships give students hands-on experience with workplace skills, challenges, and environments – experiences that make those students valuable employees.

We encourage our students to take advantage of these opportunities.

We recommend that you consult with the Director of Undergraduate Programs about your goals. In addition, we encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to submit research papers for presentation or publication, attend career forums, join the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, and attend lectures and forums with notable scholars. If you want to go on to graduate studies, History faculty will help you identify appropriate programs, prepare applications, and make valuable professional contacts.

We also encourage students to enroll in a study away course. Why? Because employers want to hire people with broad or international experience, and graduate schools consider it when reviewing applications. Our faculty members have led trips to Japan, Peru, and the Southeastern Coast of the United States (on historic preservation trips) from St. Augustine to Charleston. All students are welcome and scholarships may be available.

So What Can I Do with This Major?

Our graduates go on to careers in medicine, business, communications, education, government, law, and museums, just to name a few of the possibilities.

Start your search here at UAB. To talk about professional opportunities in History, make an appointment with the undergraduate program director. You can email or call (205) 996-5464.

Hire A Blazer online portal. Career and Professional Development Services has job and internship listings, job fairs, resume builders, and many more resources for UAB students. We recommend that you take advantage of all they have to offer.

There are plenty of other websites that can help you with your career search. Start with one of these:

Careers in History

Below you'll find some of the many careers you can pursue with a degree in History.

  • Acquisition
  • Preservation
  • Arrangement
  • Cataloguing/Categorizing
  • Exhibition/Installation
  • Authentication
  • Record Maintenance
  • Research
  • Education

  • Sales
  • Management
  • Office Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Training and Development
  • Public Relations
  • Writing/Editing

  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales
  • Publishing
  • Electronic Media
  • Public Relations
  • News Programming

Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education:
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Information/Library Services
  • Research
  • Student Support Services
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Advising
  • Development
  • Student Affairs
  • Alumni Affairs

  • Criminal Prosecution or Defense
  • Contractual
  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit or Public Interest
  • Government
  • Mediation

  • Politics
  • Foreign Service
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Planning/Management
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration
  • Community Affairs
  • Social Services
  • Law Enforcement

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Program Coordination
  • Fund Raising/Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Writing/Editing
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Education